C&L Aviation Claims World’s First Saab 340Bplus Cargo Conversion
U.S.-based C&L Aviation Group has redelivered its first Saab 340Bplus passenger-to-cargo conversion, with another five of the type scheduled for completion by the end of 2022.
“This is the first Bplus model in the world that has been converted for cargo operations,” Saab aftermarket support specialist C&L said Aug. 16.
The conversion was performed by C&L Aviation Services’ Maine facility, using Sweden-based Täby Air Maintenance’s (TAM) EASA- and FAA-approved conversion kit.
C&L signed a partnership agreement with Saab 340/Saab 2000 maintenance firm TAM in 2018.
The initial unidentified customer has now signed an agreement with C&L to complete an additional five conversions in 2021 and 2022.
“With low acquisition costs, and a maximum cargo volume of 1,280 cubic feet, and a maximum payload of 9,325lbs, the Saab 340Bplus is an ideal aircraft for cargo operation,” C&L said.
Aviation Week Intelligence Network’s Fleet Discovery shows that there are currently 48 Saab 340Bplus aircraft in service worldwide and a further 44 either parked or stored. Australia’s Regional Express, trading as Rex, is by far the largest operator of the type, with 23 in service. The Royal Thai Air Force is next on the list, operating five.
C&L stocks Saab inventory worldwide and offers heavy maintenance, aircraft painting, avionics upgrades, structural modifications, engineering support and interior refurbishment.